Saturday, September 26, 2009

Falling for Fall

A lot has gone on since last I blogged. For one thing, I spent a terrific weekend at a knitting retreat with the guild I helped found ten years ago. Perfect weather, good company, two excellent classes and lots of knitting–life doesn’t get any better!

But in case you haven’t noticed, something else has changed. It is now officially autumn, my favorite season of the year. Not convinced that fall is fun? Consider these cool facts I found online:

• The leaves on trees don’t really change colors in the fall, they’re already those colors! The green color we see is because of the intense green pigment of chlorophyll which actually blocks the pigments of the other colors. Next time you look at a green tree, imagine its “real” colors hiding behind that camouflage!

• The change in day length that causes the chemical changes in the trees starts on June 21, the longest day of the year.• Fall festivals usually celebrate the harvest and bounty of the season. This of course, culminates in our celebration of Thanksgiving.

• Since 1977, Autumn has been one of the top 100 names for girls in the US

• Because of the wide cariety of trees, the eastern US is one of the best places in the world for viewing fall colors. This is especially true in northeast Ohio because of the variety of tree species that grow here.

• You may not like raking leaves, but remember this: An acre of trees can grow 4,000 pounds of wood in a year, using 5,880 pounds of carbon dioxide and giving off 4,280 pounds of oxygen.

• Still not convinced fall is fun? Take a look at some fall superstitions:• Thunder in the fall means a cold winter

• If animals have thick coats, it will be a cold winter
• If berries and nuts are plentiful, it will be a hard winter.

• If the first snow falls on unfrozen ground, expect a mild winter

Happy fall!

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